Hanne M. Watkins joins Peace Program

We welcome Hannah M. Watkins to the Peace program as a Post Doctoral Fellow in Fall, 2018

Hanne M. Watkins holds a BA (Hons.) in Psychology and Linguistics, and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Melbourne, in Australia. She also completed her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Melbourne, in 2016. Her main research interests are moral psychology, intergroup conflict, and philosophical “just war theory,” which is why her thesis was on how people make moral judgments about killing in war.

Topol Summit brings together nonviolence scholars, practitioners and students

For the sixty scholars, practitioners, and students who gathered for the 2017 Topol Summit on Transforming the Research and Practice of Nonviolent Activism, the day was an opportunity to share ideas and inspiration across fields—and to strategize about how to use their individual perspectives and expertise to find new, creative approaches to conflict resolution.

Our Faculty, Students and Graduates in the News

Linda Tropp to lead post-film discussion on "Two Towns of Jasper" at Forbes Library

Film showing: October 10 Wed. 6:30 – 8:30 pm Forbes Library

“Two Towns of Jaspar” is perhaps the most revealing film about race relations ever made. Two filmmakers, one black and one white, who grew up together in one town, co—directed a film about a horrific murder of a black man in their home town. The fundamental difference in their reactions led them to conclude that making a film about the crime would provide an illuminating window on how race is lived in America. 

Özden Melis Uluğ wins grant from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)

Dr. Özden Melis Uluğ, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Psychology of Peace a Violence Program, received a new grant from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology(SPSP). This new research project of Dr. Uluğ explores how conflict narratives may be helpful in achieving peace and justice in conflict contexts. Dr. Uluğ plans to conduct two studies in two different conflict contexts: (1) Israel and (2) Poland. In both studies, adaptation of materials to the Israeli and Polish context as well as translations will be facilitated by Dr. Gilad Hirschberger and Dr. Michał Bilewicz as collaborators.

David Reinhard wins grant from the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence (APA Division 48)

Dr. David Reinhard, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Psychology of Peace a Violence Program working on a project awarded by the National Science Foundation program faculty member Dr. Bernhard Leidner, received a new grant from the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence (APA Division 48). This new research project of Dr. Reinhard explores the roots and consequences of adversarial international relationships on support for violent approaches to conflict.

David Reinhard receives funding from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Office of Equity and Inclusion

Dr. David Reinhard, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Psychology of Peace a Violence Program working on a project awarded by the National Science Foundation program faculty member Dr. Bernhard Leidner, received a new grant from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Office of Equity and Inclusion. This new research project of Dr. Reinhard, entitled “Bridging the Great Divide,” was awarded as part of the Campus Climate Improvement grant program. The project aims to foster effective communication strategies "across the political aisle" on campus.

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